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Southwest Gas: More than the Sum of its Parts

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021
The history of utilities is packed with examples of management getting badly burned by investing outside regulated operations. That tends to keep stocks of companies that do at big discounts to their peers, as Southwest Gas Holdings (NYSE: SWX) is at 15.7 times expected next 12 months earnings.

Sempra Energy Restructured and Ready to Grow

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021

Conservative Holding Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) this week raised the mid-point of its 2021 earnings guidance range to $8.05 per share, a significant leap from the previous $7.80. That’s just one of the highlights from its June 29 Strategic Update and Financial Outlook.

Leveraging Lessons from the First Half

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021

The Aggressive Holdings returned an average of 7.95 percent in the first half of the 2021. Conservative Holdings came in at 5.28 percent, while Top 10 DRIPs did the best at 12.34 percent. The average return for all 41 stocks across the portfolios was 8.1 percent.

Picks and Pans for Second Half 2021

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021

A defensive reputation at a time when most investors are reaching for growth rather than income, concern about interest rates and inflation, heavy indexing to “green” stock indexes that faltered this spring and an unexpectedly severe winter storm that triggered a natural gas price spike.

An Unconventional Cut

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) has declared a dividend of 82.5 cents for payment in October. That’s -24 percent lower than what it’s paying this month. But it’s hardly a payout cut in the conventional sense.

America Movil: Recession-Resistant Franchise Ready to Ride the Recovery

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 31, 2021
Economic turmoil, political disruption, tough competition, an historic pandemic still wreaking havoc in its core Latin American markets and an environment where investors are largely shunning emerging market risk: Despite all that, America Movil reports a 1.2 percent increase in Q1 revenue, 5.2 percent higher EBITDA and positive stock returns since the beginning of tumultuous 2020.

Algonquin Power & Utilities: Rapid Renewable Energy Growth on the Bargain Counter

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 31, 2021

I first became acquainted with Algonquin Power & Utilities (NYSE: AQN) back in the early ‘00s. Then it was a small power plant developer growing rapidly by taking advantage of the Canadian income trust investment boom.

High Business Quality Always Merits Your Patience

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 31, 2021
Sometimes the investing strategy that makes the most sense is just to sit with what you have. That’s pretty much where I see things now with calendar Q1 results all-in for CUI portfolio recommendations. Last issue, I highlighted three encouraging big picture takeaways from the numbers and guidance updates so far. They were the fact that almost all coverage universe companies met or beat previous management guidance, key utility growth themes continue to gain strength and conservative is still cool when shaping sector operating and financial strategies. Those three trends were equally strong in the results from companies reporting the past few weeks. Of the portfolio recommendations, Conservative Holding Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) increased Q1 earnings by 10.5 percent, affirmed its guidance mid-point of $5.15 per share for 2021 and repeated its target 5 to 7 percent annual growth rate.

Deleveraging Needs Drive Dividend Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 31, 2021

The combination of heavy debt and pressured revenue drove dividends cuts at 25 of the essential services companies in our Utility Report Card coverage universe last year. It triggered 16 in 2019 and five more so far this year, last month AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) and Singapore Telecom (Singapore: ST, OTC: SGAPY).

Four Macro Drivers for Big 2021 Returns

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 31, 2021
Tapping into outsized profits by betting wisely on unstoppable, long-term trends: That’s now as important for the value proposition of utilities and essential service stocks as generous yields. Pointing out the best-positioned companies when they trade at attractive prices is always my top priority. And what we’ve seen in Q1 earnings and guidance updates the past several weeks has made me more positive on the underlying business health of our recommended Portfolio stocks than I’ve been in some time.



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